Villa America "explores the lives, loves and losses of what Gertrude Stein called 'The Lost Generation,'" according to press notes. "Gerald and Sara Murphy were at the center of a circle of artists, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, who migrated to France in the 1920s. Set on the sun-soaked, wine-drenched coast of the French Riviera, Villa America chronicles the complicated and fascinating relationships between these legendary characters."
Villa America playwright Crispin Whittell also directs a cast that includes Matthew Bomer, Charlotte Booker, Nate Corddry, David Deblinger, Karl Kenzler and Jennifer Mudge.
The design team comprises Emily Pepper (costume design), Thom Weaver (lighting design), Mimi Lien (set design) and Nick Borisjuk (sound design).
In association with the production, the Williams College Museum of Art is presenting an exhibition exploring the contribution of the Murphys to twentieth-century arts and letters.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival commissioned the production, which runs through July 23 on the Nikos Stage. Tickets are available by logging on to wtfestival.org, by calling (413) 597-3400 or by visiting the Festival box office.